Striving to preserve the rich culture, history and heritage of Qatar, the Qatar National library is a favourite destination among avid readers to leaf through pages and pages of books, newspapers and periodicals. Here is a simple guide on what you can expect during a tour of this popular landmark in Qatar.
The Learning Environment
Inaugurated in 2018 by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Qatar National Library seeks to keep Qatar’s rich culture, heritage and history intact. The library shelters over 500,000 periodicals, ebooks, newspapers and a million books making the place a paradise for the avid reader. Driven by creativity, the library aims to be one of the best learning and research centres in the world.
Timings and Accessibility
Open every Sunday to Thursday from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, you can easily reach the Qatar National library by hopping on board the metro. If you are staying at Hotel Apartments in Qatar the likes of Al Najada Doha hotel apartments by Oaks, you are only a short drive away from spending your day reading your favorite books.
Designed by the Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, the library takes the shape of two pulled-out papers diagonally folded from the corners. The building structure appears as a shell and includes a central plaza, tiered stacks and a bridge. Whilst visiting you can also catch a glimpse of various exhibitions, events and theatrical productions that take place in the library.
Use of Innovation and Technology
With a glass façade that allows sunlight to creep in, the library is built in such a way that sunlight becomes a natural source of lighting for the readers. The library also integrates innovative technologies to deliver an exceptional service to the visitors and some of the notable features include self-check-in and out and radio frequency, Climate control technology and a unique identification system to move through the shelves.